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Curtis' Mission

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Charity

"Today I was studying Charity and how if you could sum up Jesus Christ in one word, I think it would be charity. Then I cross-referenced a verse in Psalms and one in 1 Peter and then one in the Book of Ether, talking about how charity covers sins and how Christ covered ours. Well, he didn't just cover them, he took them completely away if we do our part."

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints refers to the word charity as the "pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever." The Book of Mormon prophet Mormon urges the followers of Christ to "pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ;" (Moroni 7:47,48) thus it is the most sought after of virtues. Joseph Smith taught, "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men..." (Doctrine and Covenants 121:45) The three-fold meaning of charity encompasses the unconditional love Christ has for all men, the motivating love all men should have for Christ as the Savior, Redeemer, and Light of the world, and the compassionate love we should seek to have for all of our fellow men on earth presently and throughout time. The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi taught that such love is "the most joyous to the soul." (1 Nephi 11:23) It is evident from the scriptures and experience that serving others with this selfless feeling of caritas offers a renewing, invigorating, joyous taste to the soul that is lasting and memorable, and is a foundation for happiness.

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